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The Central Asian Experience

We’ve arrived in Uzbekistan, that’s for sure.

Equivalents in cash
Equivalents in cash

Things take an unexpected turn at the Kyrgyz embassy.

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So then, more bureaucracy. Oh joy of joys. Still, on better note, we’ve just heard that Ananova published an article about us yesterday. Big shout to Ginny for the coverage. They’ve titled it “Football fans create World Cup’s version of Olympic torch” which we like – some nice touches too, such as the first line:

“A group of men (!!! – ed) are taking a football from London to Japan to create the World Cup’s version of the Olympic torch.”

The Ball hits the bar in Tashkent
The Ball hits the bar in Tashkent

Our stay in Tashkent has been brief – just long enough to organise how to get out of the place, in fact. We’re heading for the ancient and historic city of Samarkhand, built by Tamerlane to be the capital of his vast empire stretching far and wide across Asia.

In which we leave Tashkent and anticipate meeting Rich.

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Written by on Saturday, April 13th, 2002

6 comments on this post

  1. Cool – so are you “sporting quirkies” or have you shaved them off?

  2. it’s good sound journalism, i like it..both factual and detailed

  3. I thought Sporting Quirkies played in the Venezualan Rymans League.

  4. Don’t you mean Venusian?

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The Ball 2018 left England on 25th March 2018 and travelled to the World Cup in Russia.

The Ball 2014 kicked off from England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.